This is a very interesting and reduced family. It is separted in 3 main groups: Austroharpa, Harpa and Morum. The last two are represented here by some of my most prized treasures. Harpas are large, globose and vibrantly colored with ground and warm colors; their ribbs make them extremely attractive. Morums are awesome little shells, with a thick shield or parietal wall. Some species are so rare they cannot be obtained even today.
Harpa major kawamurai Habe,1973
87mm. Mantuban Island, Sulu Sea, Philippines.
F+/++. A super attractive form of the common and widespread Harpa major. This variety is restricted to the Sulu Sea. Offered here is a magnificent specimen: It is large and heavy, with very strong pattern and gorgeous golden yellow interior. There are a few minor blemishes, such as nicked apex and minor canal roughness. Verry nice piece!
Price: 22.00 usd.
Harpa harpa "nobilis" Linne, 1758
54.4mm. Mindanao Is. Zamboanga, Philippines.
F++. The superb red form of Harpa harpa, also called Harpa nobilis -not a valid name-. These are always very attractive and make awesome display pieces, when in high quality. Offered here is a very nice example, a little over 2"; not large by any means, but this is in very good shape and would make a very nice addition to any collection.
Harpa kajiyamai Rheder, 1973
51mm. Balut Island, Mindanao, Philippines.
F+. One of the smaller species of Harpa, rarely reaching over 2.5". This is a rather uncommon, deeper water Harp. The shell is not unlike Harpa harpa, but rather lightweight, inflated, with more delicate ribs. An overall yellow or orange flush is almost always present. Offered here is a nice yellow example. It has a dorsal scar that blends well into the pattern.
Price: 15.00 usd.
Morum uchiyamai Habe, T., 1961
55.2mm. East China Sea.
F+. An uncommon, trawled species. Until recently, these were quite rare and often confused with similar Morum grande, that inhabits the same deep water habitat. This shell has a smooth parietal shield, and outer lip. M. grande´s is very pustulose with pronouunced teeth. This was dead taken, but very good; the dorsum could be cleaned and would look like live.
Morum purpureum Röding, 1798
Gem. A medium-sized, stocky Caribbean species; that is very much like the common Morum oniscus, a shell that is smaller and has a white-gray aperture. Morum purpureum, in contrast, is adorned with a rose colored parietal shield. The proto is usually cherry red, but notice that not in this specimen; these are rare and seldomly offer. Here is a very choice one.
Price: 195.00 usd.
Morum dennisoni Reeve, 1842
52.4mm. Guajira Peninsula, Colombia.
F++. An all-time classic, and once one of the rarest Morum. This species is also one of the largest in the genus; capable of reaching over 2.5". But its most distinguishing feature is its strongly granulated, bright vermillion red parietal shield. This is very well developed in this particular specimen; notice that there is also a good amount of orange in the outer lip.